Clark Tosses Two-Hitter in 5-0 Jayhawk Shutout

Feb. 12, 2011

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Senior Allie Clark threw a complete-game shutout while junior Liz Kocon went 2-for-2, including a solo home run, as the Kansas softball team topped Bethune-Cookman 5-0 Saturday during the Jacksonville University Tournament.

KU improved to 3-0 on the young season after defeating No. 25 North Carolina and Buffalo Friday on opening day. BCU fell to 1-3 on the weekend.

Kansas will play its second game of the day at approximately 6:15 p.m. CST versus Jacksonville. The contest was originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. but an extra-inning game earlier in the day put the schedule of events behind.

Senior Allie Clark pitched a gem giving up just two hits with the help of solid defensive play behind her. No Wildcat base runner advanced past second base during the game. Clark improved to 2-0 from the circle in striking out five batters and walking four.

Kansas was able to score its first three runs in the top of the second inning. Kocon and junior Marissa Ingle led off the frame with a base on balls and hit by pitch, respectively. Then, freshman Elsa Moyer, who was pinch running for Kocon, stole third while Ingle simultaneously moved ahead one bag on a theft.

Sophomore Maggie Hull then proceeded to plate Moyer with a single back up the middle. Freshman Ashley Newman went to bat next. During her at-bat, Hull distracted the defense when she stole second base allowing Ingle to steal home and push KU’s advantage to 2-0. When Newman put the ball in play, BCU’s shortstop made an errant throw that went past the first baseman allowing Hull to score from second.

In the top of the third, Kocon didn’t need a pinch runner as she sent a pitch over the left-center field wall in her first home run of the season and 15th of her career to add one more tally to the scoreboard, 4-0.

Kocon plated an insurance run in the seventh inning with an RBI double to the wall in left-center field to bring home sophomore Alex Jones. Jones led off the frame with a walk and then stole second. She had two stolen bases during the game as did Ingle. The Jayhawks combined for eight total thefts while Bethune-Cookman had none.